Operating Instructions Test | Lesson Plans Final Test - Hard

Anne Lamott
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Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What physical achievement has Sam reached?

2. In what month are the entries for Part 11 written?

3. Where does Sam sleep now?

4. What kind of baby does Anne think Sam is?

5. What is Anne's state of mind in Part 12?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Explain the role of religion and spirituality in Anne's life. What is the nature of Anne's particular devotion to the Virgin Mary? How does Anne exhibit her beliefs in her everyday life?

Essay Topic 2

Explain the origins of the title of the book: Operating Instructions. Does Anne want the reader to think that it is a book about caring for a newborn? Or does she want the reader to dig a little deeper for a more personal meaning? The phrase "waiting for operating instructions" occurs in at least two situations in the book. Define them and determine Anne's meaning for the book's title.

Essay Topic 3

Explain what Anne means by this statement: "I feel that he has completely ruined my life, because I just didn't used to care all that much." Who and what is she talking about?

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